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"Round Slovakia" Cycle Races
Catalogue Number:  94
Stamp Design:  Róbert Brun
Stamp Engraving:  Martin Srb
Date of Issue:  May 30, 1996
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
Print Run:  2,770,000
FDC Design:  Róbert Brun
FDC Engraving:  Martin Srb
Cancellation Design:  Róbert Brun
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

This year sees the fortieth edition - no less - of the international cycle race Okolo Slovenska, or "Round Slovakia", which in the course of its existence has established its reputation in the cycling world. It is, in fact, one of the most important sporting events orginised in Slovakia. In the past the starting line has boasted cyclists of the calibre of Olympic and World Championship title-holders Ludwig, Raab, De Roy, Sukhoruchenkov, Škoda and Tonkov, as well as legends such as Veselý and Ružička. Editions of the race so far have welcomed representatives from 42 countries around the world. Taking the credit as most frequent centre of the event is Banská Bystrica, which has played host eight times. In the special fortieth edition the centres will be Prešov, Poprad and Žilina. We anticipate the participation of more than twenty teams from abroad.

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